Huge lawsuit coming over Globe letter from Green’s campaign manager?

One of the people I find most interesting to follow on Twitter is Norman Spector as besides having a great mind and knowing all the ‘players’, he reads political news voraciously and picks up on things such as corrections, clarifications and letters-to-the-editors that I miss.

One of his Tweets that really caught my attention was a link to this letter-to-the-editor in the Globe and Mail:


In January, 2010, my UVic inbox had an e-mail invite from a democracy centre to attend a campaign school. Intrigued, I signed up for the three-day event.

Topics covered included voter identification. Discussion ensued about suppression techniques. Instructors explained voter suppression tactics were borrowed from those used by the U.S. Republican Party. Many kinds of suppression calls were canvassed. Another instructor gave detailed explanations of how robo-calls worked, techniques for recording messages, plus costs involved. He distributed his business card upon request.

Instructors made it clear that robo-calling and voter suppression were an acceptable and normal part of winning political campaigns. With election ethics like this, a more compelling case for changing to a system of proportional representation where each and every vote counts is hard to imagine.

John Fryer, adjunct professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Now, this is an explosive allegation especially coming from John Fryer who just happened to be Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s campaign manager (see here) so why wouldn’t the Globe and Mail look into it?

For that answer, check out the Sun’s David Akin’s blog where he has tried to find out from Fryer if this was the same campaign school which Akin attended as a paid lecturer here.

And after reading that, take a look at this Tweet from Spector:

“Methinks we’re about to see a mother of #cdnpoli defamation suits”

Which was answered by Nick Kouvalis of Campaign Research with this simple response:


Stay tuned…

Update: Looks like the Left-wing rag Vancouver Observer is the main target of this potential lawsuit as it ran a column called “Inside the Conservatives’ vote suppression school” based on Fryer’s letter

Also: Notice this from the author Emma Pullman’s bio:

Emma is a Vancouver-based researcher, writer and campaigner focused on climate change and sustainability issues. She is the Director of Research of, and a campaigner with, a global movement of citizens, workers and shareholders holding corporations accountable. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science, and you can find her writing in DeSmogBlog, Huffington Post, The Mark News, and Rabble.

Leadnow of course is the online petition organization who sent in 30K robocall ‘complaints’ to Elections Canada and is backed by Leftie partisans including NDP insiders (see here)

h/t Kevin Marchment

Toews gets judge’s ok to find out who pulled his divorce files

Wonder if there are many nervous political operatives and journos now that a judge has overturned the Registrar of the Court’s denial for Conservative MP Vic Toews being allowed to see who signed in for access to his divorce documents? (see here)

Also: See earlier post on whether we will find out if Liberal leader Bob Rae has been honest with his version here

My complaint filed against Global News’ unbalanced coverage of protester calling Harper “warmonger”

My complaint stems from the local Global affiliate, CHBC and its coverage of a Kelowna group protesting PM Stephen Harper’s Middle East stance:

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

My complaint is the story over the weekend which covered the ‘peace protesters’ gathered along the Kelowna lake shore where the spokesman for this group called PM Stephen Harper a “warmonger” twice.
If CHBC is going to run such silly subjective claims then at the very least, a contrary view should be included in the piece.
I would like you to forward my complaint to the news director as well as the person responsible for editing and airing that story for a response.
Thank you again
Dean Skoreyko

Hello Dean Skoreyko,

Thank you for your e-mail regarding our coverage of the peace protest in Kelowna on Saturday, March 3.

In the report the spokesman says:  “The great fear of war expanding in the middle east after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now more warmongering coming from Netanyahu and Harper…  getting together and shaking hands and agreeing on war mongering threats”

In Global National coverage of the visit to Ottawa by Israel’s Prime Minister on March 2, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is asked by a reporter for his opinion of Israel’s right to conduct a pre-emptive strike.  To which Prime Minister Harper answered:  “We of course recognize Israel’s right to defend itself, as a sovereign state, a Jewish state, that said we want to see a peaceful resolution to this issue”. Global National is carried on CHBC-Global Okanagan daily at 6:00 PM.  So I believe the Prime Minister himself was able to express his opinion, and the viewers themselves can decide whether or not he is participating in “warmongering”.

I hope that my response has helped to alleviate some of your concerns.  Thank you for providing us with your feedback.

Derek Hinchliffe

News Director
Shaw Media
342 Leon Avenue
Kelowna, B.C. | V1Y-6J2


Thank you for your prompt response.

No, this does not alleviate any of my concerns and if anything only enhances them. You cannot really expect me to accept that a story from the day prior on your national flagship news program somehow proves ‘balance’ to the piece run on CHBC?
You are saying that your viewers were informed the statement by Harper from another news show and that it represents an opposing view to counter the obviously biased and misleading quote from the ‘peace activist’ spokesman.
I will hope that an on-air correction is forthcoming.

Hello Mr. Skoreyko

I have forwarded your email to Ron Waksman, the National Director of Editorial Content & Online news for Global.  He will respond to you once he’s back in the office on Friday.

Derek Hinchliffe

News Director
Shaw Media
342 Leon Avenue
Kelowna, B.C. | V1Y-6J2

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